Date published: 14/03/2014
Grassroots football in Knowsley, Liverpool, has been given a helping hand following a grant from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The funding, awarded to Huyton based FC Tigers, has allowed the club to purchase an FA Respect barrier and Respect bundle, which will help tackle unacceptable behaviour, on the pitch and from the side-lines.
A united effort is vital in preventing aggressive behaviour at the grassroots of the sport, which is why the Football Foundation has teamed up with The FA to offer all FA affiliated clubs vouchers for 50% of the cost of FA Respect equipment. Leagues can also apply for a single voucher for 50% off any Respect equipment, up to a maximum voucher value of £2,500.
Colin Dever, Club Secretary, FC Tigers, said: “This is the first year the team are playing competitive football in the Halewood and Merseyside County FA league and we have aspirations to adopt the FA endorsed good practice; the grant has enabled this vision to become a reality.
“We set up the barrier and issued the Respect arm bands to the children. The children and parents thought it was a great idea and we received positive feedback from other teams who came over asking for further information.”
Since its launch in 2008, 56% of respondents to The FA’s annual Grassroots Survey said their experience of the game had improved as a result of the Respect programme.
Respect bundles are available in small and large sizes and include:
Touchline barriers (large bundle only)
‘Our club supports Respect’ banners
High-visibility pitch marshals vest
Parent and carer’s DVD
Respect boards (now also available with a sponsor’s logo)
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted that a Football Foundation grant has enabled FC Tigers to purchase FA Respect equipment to help raise awareness of and tackle aggressive behaviour at the grassroots.”
Since it began, the Respect scheme has sold 1,168 barriers, 710 banners, 1,465 and a combined total of 321 boards signs and posters alongside 93 Respect bundles. Thanks to funding from the Football Foundation, FC Tigers purchased £206 worth of Respect equipment for their club.
Clubs that are interested can find out more or apply online via the Foundation’s website: www.footballfoundation.org.uk/apply/respect-equipment-scheme/
For more information about the work the Football Foundation is doing all over the country visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FootballFoundtn.
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